The Cal Poly Mustangs only had 10 wins on the season and a trip to the NCAA tournament looked bleak at best just a week ago, but now the Mustangs are on top of the college basketball world, if only for a moment, as the team won its first tournament game ever and advances into the second round. The Mustangs have elevated their game the past week and some have pegged them as a team of destiny. But when will the clock strike midnight for this ultimate Cinderella?
The Mustangs defeated the Texas Southern Tigers 81-69 in the first round of the 2014 NCAA tournament. And just as Mustangs supporters are elated, so is the rest of the country as Cal Poly will try and be the first ever No. 16 seed to defeat a No. 1 seed. The Mustangs moved on to the second round behind a strong showing from forward Chris Eversley who recorded 19 points and nine rebounds in the historic win for the program. Dave Nwaba added to the winning effort, scoring 17 points and five rebounds in Dayton on Wednesday night. Although the Tigers struggled throughout the game, NBA prospect Aaric Murray put on a performance scoring 38 points in the loss that ends the Tigers’ impressive season.
With the win, the Mustangs earned a date with the top-ranked Wichita State Shockers in the second round of the 2014 NCAA tournament. While Cal Poly is undersized and outgunned against a Shockers team full of veterans, the Mustangs have two things on their side at the moment: Momentum and magic.
The recent success of Cal Poly is inexplicable after such a poor showing in the regular season, but the Mustangs cannot be counted out from here on as the team will look to do the impossible against Wichita State Friday.
Greg Douglas is a College Basketball writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network.